Born 1958 in the Czech Republic, Jitka Hanzlova moved to Germany in 1982. Between 1987 and 1994 she studied visual communication at University Essen, specialising in photography. She is perhaps best known for her work Femme (1997-2000), a series of portraits of women of varying ages, whom she met on the streets of America and Europe. Hanzolva has been awarded several photography awards, including the BMW-Paris Photo Prize 2007, the Otto Steinert Prize in 1993, and has been nominated for prestigious awards such as the London Citibank Prize for Photography. She has participated in many group exhibitions, and solo exhibitions of her work have appeared in the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Kicken Gallery, Berlin and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This book accompanies an exhibition being held in Madrid at Fundacion Mapfre in 2012, and is a unique opportunity to approach in depth her photographic series.